Low Sodium Diet

You may not realize it but most of the food you consume, whether you cooked it yourself or not, is full of salt. Sodium is a mineral that is naturally found in most foods. The form of sodium we consume on a regular basis is sodium chloride or more popularly known as table salt. Drinking water, milk and many types of vegetables contain sodium.

A low sodium diet is something you can consider if you are at risk of developing gall stones, and hypertension. Too much salt inside the body can lead to more complications, including imbalances in metabolism. Sometimes, it’s the dieter’s fault that his salt intake is really high. There are many different ways saltiness can mask off flavours in the dishes. Some diet foods are really bland or strange in flavour. Adding salt seems to be the only way to deal with them.

Ideally, you should not consume more than 1,500 to 2,400 milligrams of sodium as salt every day. To put this amount in perspective, you should know that a teaspoon of salt contains approximately 2,300 mg of sodium.

The amount of sodium in a food item varies depending on the source. Sodium is present in variable amounts as monosodium glutamate, a frequent component of most restaurant dishes, especially Chinese food. Sodium nitrite, sodium saccharin and baking soda also contain sodium in different forms. In baking soda, sodium is available as sodium bicarbonate. Sodium is plentiful in condiments, such as soy sauce, onion powder and Worcestershire sauce. You may unknowingly be adding so much sodium in your dishes by using bouillon cubes.

If you want to remove or reduce the amount of sodium in your meals, you should refrain from eating processed meats, especially bacon and sausage. Ham and canned soups have variable sodium contents, although fresh ham that you cured yourself may not contain as much sodium as the store-sold counterpart. The next time you feel like you have to have salt on the side to season your meals, think about the human body’s requirement for salt. Your body needs less than 70 mg of salt per day, but you may actually be sprinkling thousands on the food you eat.

What diet is good for low sodium? I’d say Paleo diet is a good choice, if you can live with the restrictions. The Caveman diet restricts salt intake. You can also try the raw food diet, and even the many detox diets around. However, any other diet plan out there can help you keep your sodium levels low if you remember not to overdo it with salting, whether you’re eating the food or still cooking it.